Shopping carts getting alive
26 Nov 2009
I must have noticed them before but my brains had never registered them, these shopping carts in this relatively poor area of Rotterdam, one of Holland's main cities. After a while I gradually started to realise they were somehow connected with this neighbourhood. And as always, once you've realised something is there, you will never pass by without seeing it.
These carts seemed to play an active role in this area – they came and went, moved around and regrouped overnight. I also noticed that both population and origin varied by the day. Looking even closer, these carts were hiding in the bushes, were feeling lonely and had passed out on the playground. Were they adapting the lives of the people of the neighbourhood? Or does the area itself generate this kind of behaviour, be it human, animal or shopping cart?
On the other hand: why were these carts there anyway? They cost a lot of money and apparently a lot of people dump them after use and some other people (i.e. supermarket owners) don't care to pick them up regularly. It really does make one feel sorry for the shopping carts.
This photo essay shows the carts as I found them, main rule was not to touch them - just registering the way they were left behind. And although it would shift our general decency values in the right direction I would definitely miss them if they were gone.